Bob Chandler's emotional presentation during last Saturday's Veterans' Day ceremony at Hesperia Lake Park certainly was inspirational. Bob, who is a columnist for the Hesperia Star, is a man with a big heart, so it wasn't a complete surprise when he welled up with emotion.
Speaking of Bob Chandler, a poem he shared on Saturday, the aptly titled "Veterans Day," is reprinted on this page for Star readers.

Due to space limitations on page A-1, I didn't include other information about the event, which was co-hosted by the Hesperia Recreation and Park District and Point Man International Ministries.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Allan Kumlin, a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Navy. The National Anthem was sung by Myrna Sanders. Group songs were led by Pastor William Garcia of Hesperia Community Church. The invocation was led by retired fire captain Bob Chandler, who was also a featured speaker. Another speaker was U.S. Army veteran Tom Burchfield, who served during the Korean war. Burchfield also gave the benediction and talked about the history of "Taps," which was performed on trumpet by Tim Webster.

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THE SCHOOL DISTRICT clearly was interested in spreading the word of Tuesday morning's groundbreaking ceremony of Oak Hills High School. A fax, which came to our newsroom, featured "Oak Hills High School Groundbreaking Ceremony" in 250 point type.

Actually, we do appreciate the emphatic reminder. Sometimes events do slip by me, and this is a fitting notice that the building of Hesperia's next high school certainly desires fanfare and ample newsprint ink - or cyberspace print.

Both reporter Beau Yarbrough and I were expecting to be there to report and photograph the event. A posting on hesperiastar.com should go up by Tuesday afternoon.